We are delighted to welcome two 2018 graduates to The Rodd for our 2018 graduates' camp. They will be working on site throughout h.Art Herefordshire Art Week 8-16 September, 11am-5pm. Call in to see their experiments and works in progress.

Rachel Barnett

Graduate, BA Fine Art, Hereford College of Arts, 2018

My current practice is based on self identity, who I was, who I am, what I am becoming. The current mediums I have been using are print making and stitch work, these have been the best outcomes for translating the continuation of a line and drawing process. For the future I would like to push where this project can go, work more with scale and mediums. As a mixed media artist I enjoy working with new mediums and learning new processes that I can interpret and use in my own way.

Min Zhao

Graduate, MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, 2018

I walk, I write, I paint, I make.
I walk. Sometimes for miles, usually for days, in the extreme weather conditions.
I write. Sometimes a couple of sentences, usually, a few descriptive words.
I paint. Sometimes one piece for several months, usually, varieties at the same time.
I make. Sometimes every single ceramics fired to perfection, often, the failure haunts me.
I walked for days from one mountain to another. The altitude was above four kilometres. I felt the heat on my skin but I was shivering in the wind. I felt the pressure in the veins that I could hear my
heartbeat. I was pressed between sky and mountains. This was the only way to experience the extreme suffocation.
I walked for a few hours in the Gobi desert so I could get to the point that I was about to lose consciousness. I felt the moisture from my body was disappearing. My lips were so dry that I could
smell the scent of iron. The awareness and sensation of being there were crucial. This was the only way to experience the temperature of the sand. I had to see the colour with its temperature.
I saw various layers of tone and shine through different stages of my bodily experiences. The natural material was sourced on site that retained a distinct sensibility of its geographical significance. By using different layers of pigments and glazes to achieve the great depth and temperature. The ground of the canvas becomes the medium to transform personal memory into a shared experience.

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